Remote Work is a Thing!

Remote work is here to stay, even beyond our current pandemic. This blog discusses strategies for companies to set up themselves up for Remote Leadership Success.

General Strategy

This is part five of a five-part series on the realities of remote working.

If none of the other reasons for supporting remote work has touched your heart, this one should.

Everyone's remote so they're on equal footing when it comes to scheduling, evaluations, and promotions.

In Part 3 of this series, I talked about how "remote working humanizes employees and managers." By putting everyone on equal footing, no one felt like they have a visibility advantage because they happened to be in the office. This kind of "visibility issue" existed before the pandemic for employees who didn't work at "headquarters," but until the pandemic, not everyone experienced that unintended visibility deficit. Now that we're currently all on videoconferencing, we have to cooperate and collaborate differently and more intentionally.

This is part four of a five-part series on the realities of remote working.

A recent article in HR Executive Magazine shows that employees are already concerned about being forced back into the office for health reasons. Responding to those concerns appropriately can allay fears and engender loyalty.

Companies that accommodate remote working are rewarded by employees who are appreciative and less likely to go elsewhere.

The tectonic plates of our work culture have permanently shifted. Executives and corporate leaders must be prepared to lose talent if they insist that everyone return to the way things were pre-pandemic. You don't have to take my word for it, HR Executive Magazine spells it out for us.

This is the third of a five-part series on the realities of remote work.

Given the challenges that the pandemic thrust upon us, being flexible has been a key not only for successful remote working, but also in our personal lives.

Remote working acknowledges that employees have a difficult work/life balance (children, elders, care-giving) that has always been there, but is now visible for all to see.

When the pandemic locked us down and everyone who could was working from home, life became both simpler and more complex. We were able to skip the commute, which added anywhere from 1 to 3 hours per day (or more). We constructed our home offices (workstation, spare room, cubbyhole, etc.) and did our best to focus on work. We continued to juggle children, elder care, and daily life, but now all of that effort became visible in ways we weren't expecting. Smart managers embraced the flexibility themselves, and rolled with the changes as we adjusted to this way of collaborating.

This is the second of a five-series on the key realities of remote work imposed on us by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite having to carve out a place to work, set boundaries with spouses, and manage children who are learning remotely, productivity actually went up when workers stayed home. Given that there was a greater opportunity for privacy while working, it's not surprising that productivity went up.

Remote working reverses the movement towards open plan offices that have proven to be far less productive than quiet, dedicated spaces, whether at home or at co-working locations.

This is the first of a five-series on the key realities of remote work imposed on us by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Remote work is not new; it's just new to more people than ever before. Approximately 40% of the US workforce are office workers, but only about 7% of those workers had remote work as a benefit or perk prior to the pandemic.

Tech companies have allowed it for years.

My first experience with working remotely came on a 1995 trip to South America for Microsoft. I successfully avoided frying my laptop with step-down transformer that converted 240 volts to 120 volts. Then there were the telephone adapters to connect, and trying to use a modem over a hotel land line. Being able to work remotely is so much easier now than in those early days.

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